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Cats are common tameable passive animal mobs found in villages.


Cats typically spawn upon generation wandering around in villages as strays, though adult black cats can also spawn in swamp huts as strays. Unlike wolves, untamed cats can despawn.

Cats spawn based on the number of valid beds: one cat spawns with at least one villager and for every four valid beds, with each village spawning capped at 10 cats.

Bedrock Edition[edit]

50% of cats that spawn during a full moon are black. 25% of stray cats in villages spawn as kitten.


Upon death, cats drop:

Like other baby animals, killing a kitten yields no items or experience.


Cats are immune to fall damage, but they still avoid falling off cliffs high enough to normally cause fall damage.

Cats can still see players even with the Invisibility status effect.

With the exception of a faster movement rate, kittens obey the same behavior as adults.

Cats hiss and flee if attacked by a player. They also hiss at creepers and phantoms.

Creepers and Phantoms avoid cats, even while pursuing a player, keeping a distance of 6 and 16 blocks away respectively, from any cats.

Untamed (stray) cats pursue and attack rabbits and baby turtles. Even though they spawn in villages, they don't necessarily remain there; instead, they prefer to explore.

Stray cats avoid being 8 blocks or nearer from any player. If a player holds a raw cod or salmon, the stray cat may allow the player to approach close enough to feed it, taming the cat (see Taming § Notes below).

Adult cats stay afloat in water and survive indefinitely. Kittens in water eventually perish from drowning if not rescued.


Two cats with a newly bred kitten.

When tamed cats are fed an uncooked cod or salmon, they enter love mode. Breeding creates a kitten, and the parents cannot breed again for five minutes. The kitten has the coloring of and belongs to the owner of one of the parents. Two sitting cats are unable to breed, but a mobile cat can breed with a sitting cat, in which case the mobile cat's owner also owns the kitten.

The growth of kittens can be slowly accelerated using raw fish. Each fish reduces the growth time remaining by 10%.


Feeding a damaged tamed cat an uncooked cod or salmon restores its health.


From left to right: tabby, tuxedo, red, siamese, British shorthair, calico, Persian, ragdoll, white, and black.
The unused tamed gray tabby texture in Bedrock Edition.[1]

Despite sharing the same model, cats are visibly smaller than ocelots. There are currently 11 skins that cats can have, with one being Jellie, the cat of YouTuber GoodTimesWithScar, who was chosen by the community in a Twitter vote.[2] The current skins are:

  • Tabby Cat.png Tabby (Brown and white with yellow eyes)
  • Tuxedo Cat.png Tuxedo (Black and white with green eyes)
  • Red Cat.png Red (Orange and white with green eyes)
  • Siamese Cat.png Siamese (White and pale brown with blue eyes)
  • British Shorthair Cat.png British Shorthair (Silver with yellow eyes)
  • Calico Cat.png Calico (Orange, white and dark brown with yellow and blue eyes)
  • Persian Cat.png Persian (Creamy with blue eyes)
  • Ragdoll Cat.png Ragdoll (White and soft amber with blue eyes)
  • White Cat.png White (White with light blue and yellow eyes)
  • Jellie Cat.png Jellie (Gray and white with gray-green eyes)
  • Black Cat.png Black (Black with orange eyes)

In the default resource pack for Bedrock Edition, a texture file for a tamed gray tabby exists.[1] It is however completely unused and can't be spawned in-game.

Like tamed wolves, tamed cats also have a collar on their necks. The color of the cat's collar can be changed by using dyes.


A sitting tamed black cat.

Stray cats can be tamed using raw cod or raw salmon. Once tamed, cats follow the player who tamed them. They do not despawn, no longer fear the player, and purr or meow frequently. Like wolves, and with the same limits, they can teleport to a player who moves 12 blocks away.

A player can order a cat to sit by pressing use on it, and order a sitting cat to stand by pressing use on the cat again. The player cannot be holding raw cod or salmon to command a cat to sit or stand. Cats also sit on certain things of their own accord (see below).

Cats sitting on a bed.

Unless commanded to sit, tamed cats do not remain still for long, and would rather explore around the player.

A cat not already sitting attempts to get on top of chests, the foot part of beds, or active furnaces at the cat's current Y-level within a 4-block-radius square horizontally, and once on top often assumes a sitting position without a command from the player. A chest with a cat sitting on top of it becomes unusable unless the cat is commanded to stand. Cats often enter nearby boats, trapping themselves. In Bedrock Edition, cats that sit on their own can be ordered to stand, or they may get up if the player holds a raw fish nearby. The cat can also be brought down by removing the block or pushing it off. A cat occasionally attempts to sit on these blocks if the blocks are at ground level (part of the floor). A cat does not sit on a block that is obstructed by another block above it.

If a player is harmed by a hostile mob or a damaging potion (but not by environmental damage), a cat sitting in proximity to the player stands, moves a few blocks from its sitting location, and then resumes sitting.


Cats teleport to the player if they are more than 12 blocks from the player, except where listed below. It is possible for a tamed cat to teleport to an inaccessible location (e.g. under ice) and be injured or suffocate of various causes as a result.

A cat does not teleport:

  • If the cat has been ordered to sit.
    • Exception: The cat is likely to teleport if it is injured while sitting (it does not sit after it teleports). A dramatic example is if a cat sitting outside is struck by lightning, in which case the cat materializes on fire.
    • Exception: If a kitten is told to sit, and grows up while the chunk it is sitting in is still loaded, it teleports to the player and materializes still sitting.
  • If the cat is attempting to sit on a chest, bed, or furnace.
  • If the cat is in a minecart.
  • If the cat has been attached to a fence post with a lead.
  • If the cat is in an unloaded chunk.
  • If none of the blocks on the edge of a 5×5×1 region centered on the player are transparent blocks with an opaque block below and another transparent block above.
  • If the player is in another dimension: A cat remains in its current dimension until the player returns.


When the player sleeps, tamed cats move toward their owner and sleep near them. When the player wakes, their tamed cats also wake. There is 70% chance for a tamed cat to give the player a gift after they wake up, but only if the player sleeps at night (if the player sleeps during a thunderstorm during the daytime, the player receives no gift). The gift is a dropped item from the cat_gift.json loot table, which contains:

Gift Weight Chance
Rabbit's foot 531 16.13%
Rabbit hide 531 16.13%
String 531 16.13%
Rotten flesh 531 16.13%
Feather 531 16.13%
Raw chicken 531 16.13%
Phantom membrane 131 3.22%

Data values[edit]

Cats have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.

Cat type


Collar color



Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Where Have You Been?Receive a gift from a tamed cat in the morning.The gift must be picked up from the ground.NoPS4YesNo20GBronze
Plethora of CatsBefriend twenty stray cats.NoPS4YesNo20GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png The Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryminecraft:husbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-plain-raw.png Best Friends ForeverTame an animalHusbandryminecraft:husbandry/tame_an_animal
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Two by TwoBreed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 14 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:husbandry/bred_all_animals
Advancement-fancy-raw.png A Complete CatalogueTame all cat variants!Best Friends Foreverminecraft:husbandry/complete_catalogue


Java Edition
1.2.112w04aTuxedo Cat Revision 0.pngRed Tabby Cat Revision 0.pngSiamese Cat Revision 0.png Added cats, which can be tamed from ocelots.
12w05aTaming ocelots into cats is now easier.
Cats can now be sat down by pressing the use item control.[3].
Cats have now become immune to fall damage.
Cats will now frighten creepers.
12w06aCats will now have sounds.
Cats will now try to jump on a bed if one is present.
1.2.4Jeb has now made cats "more realistic... probably more annoying".[4] They now sit on beds and also active furnaces and chests.
1.5preKittens will now sometimes despawn upon becoming adults. This can be prevented by feeding them a fish once they are an adult.
1.814w02aBaby cat growth can now be accelerated using raw cod.
14w10aCats named using a name tag will now display death messages to the owner.
1.915w38aAll cats – even unnamed cats – will now display death messages to their owner.
1.1016w20aA cat spawn egg has now been added, which spawn ocelots with cat textures.
pre2The cat spawn egg has now been removed.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID of cats and ocelots has now been changed from Ozelot to ocelot.
September 29, 2018Stray cats are announced at MINECON Earth 2018.
1.1418w44aAdded stray cats.
Cats have now been split from ocelots into their own mob.
Cats are now tamed from stray cats rather than ocelots.
Cats will now scare off phantoms, sleep with players and give them gifts when waking up.
Tuxedo Cat Revision 2.pngRed Cat.pngSiamese Cat.png The textures of cats have now been updated.
Tabby Cat.pngBritish Shorthair Cat.pngCalico Cat.pngPersian Cat.pngRagdoll Cat.pngWhite Cat.pngBlack Cat.png Seven more cat textures have now been added.
November 19, 2018A vote for the ninth cat has now concluded and the texture has now been revealed.
18w47bTuxedo Cat.png The tuxedo cat's texture has now been changed.
18w50aCats can now spawn in villages.
Jellie Cat.png Added a skin of the winner of the community cat contest, Jellie.
19w14aCats can now naturally spawn in villages, instead of only upon world generation.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Tuxedo Cat Revision 0.pngRed Tabby Cat Revision 0.pngSiamese Cat Revision 0.png Added cats.
build 2Added a tame button for ocelots, so they can now be tamed into cats.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta stray cats.
Cats have now been split from ocelots into their own mob.
Cats are now tamed from stray cats rather than ocelots.
Tuxedo Cat Revision 2.pngRed Cat.pngSiamese Cat.png The textures of cats have now been updated.
Tabby Cat.pngBritish Shorthair Cat.pngCalico Cat.pngPersian Cat.pngRagdoll Cat.pngWhite Cat.pngBlack Cat.png Seven more cat textures have now been added.
Tamed Gray Tabby Cat with Red Collar.png In the default resource pack, a texture file for a tamed gray tabby cat exists. However, it is completely unused and cannot be spawned in-game.
1.10.0beta Cat.png Added the Jellie skin.
Cats are now healed when fed raw cod and raw salmon.
1.11.0beta can now spawn in player created registered villages.
Population of cats is 1 for every 4 valid beds, which is capped at 10 cats per village.
Legacy Console Edition
TU12CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Ocelot Revision 0.pngRed Tabby Cat Revision 0.pngTuxedo Cat Revision 0.pngSiamese Cat Revision 0.png Added ocelots and cats.
TU13Added a sound for hitting ocelots and cats.
TU141.04Baby ocelots and cats can now be spawned by using Left trigger/L2/ZL button on an adult form of that mob using a spawn egg.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Baby cat growth can now be accelerated using raw cod. Other fish may or may not be effective.
1.84Added cats as a separate mob from ocelots.
Tabby Cat.pngBritish Shorthair Cat.pngCalico Cat.pngPersian Cat.pngRagdoll Cat.pngWhite Cat.pngBlack Cat.png Added new skins for cats.
Cats spawn in villages and can be tamed with fish.
Cats scare off phantoms, sleep with players and give them gifts.
1.90Jellie Cat.png Added the Jellie skin.
Cats are now healed when fed raw cod and raw salmon.


Issues relating to "Cat" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • The tuxedo cat is based on Jeb's pet cat, Newton,[5] who has since passed away.[6]
  • Unlike in Minecraft, real-life cats were domesticated from African wildcats, which primarily inhabit savannas.
  • In MINECON Earth 2018, Jeb announced that the community would be able to vote for a 9th cat skin to be added with the rest of the other 8 cat skins. As a result, GoodTimesWithScar’s cat Jellie won the contest and was added in Village and Pillage, making the second mob variation that was suggested by the community, the first being "Toast", a rabbit skin.
  • The calico cat and white cat appear to have heterochromia (The eyes are two different colors).